New Year's Eve

ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL Nuevo Herald

If you don't want to drive — or find parking — for New Year's Eve celebrations, South Florida's public transit systems have some options for you.

Palm Beach County

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The late astrologer Walter Mercado eased many of us into the New Year. His annual predictions were typically messages of hope and, of course, mucho, mucho amor.

In the binary times in which we live, it might not surprise anyone that people can't even agree on when one period of time ends and another begins. The question many are now asking is: When we ring in the new year and welcome 2020, should we also celebrate a new decade?

Confusion over the answer is similar to the uncertainty that hung over watershed events from the millennium to the 2009-2010 changeover.

The current Thanksgiving travel season is projected to be the busiest time to fly with more than 26.8 million passengers - a new record, according to the Transportation Safety Administration - flying between November 22 and December 2.

El Nacional

New Year’s Eve is a deeply important night in Venezuela – and the more than 100,000 Venezuelans living in South Florida will be thinking hard about family back home tonight. That's because Venezuela is having one of the saddest New Year’s celebrations in the country’s history.

For the last few months, we've been fielding your questions and conundrums in the Help, I'm Hosting! series. As the year draws to a close, we decided to go to the ultimate authority on all things home and hosting — Martha Stewart.

New Year's Eve is a time for optimism, Stewart says. It's "the welcoming of a new year, a new season ... hopefully a happier time."

Yaneli Gonzalez / WLRN

For the past 20 years, Miami-Dade County officials have held annual press conferences before New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July to remind citizens that “One Bullet Kills the Party.”

On my first New Year's Eve in Madrid a few years ago, we went out around 10 p.m., and found the streets deserted. The bars were closed.

It threw me for a loop: Weren't Madrileños supposed to be notorious party animals? Where were they all?

It turns out, I just went out way too early.

Spaniards often spend Nochevieja — literally, the "old night" — at home. They watch the countdown to the new year on live TV, surrounded by family. And only then do they kiss grandma goodnight and go out partying.

More and more, I eschew end-of-year best-of lists for the simple reason that they're arbitrary and imply a comprehensiveness on which they can never deliver. What works for me is to compile a list that reflects some of the enormous gratitude I feel for getting to enjoy other people's work and art — one that doesn't even pretend to define what is best, but simply to share some of the abundant good stuff I run into.

How To Get Back Home After Your New Year's Eve Party

Dec 31, 2015
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New Year celebrations will be take over South Florida hotels, restaurants and nightclubs as 2016 approaches.

 

If you had one too many drinks and don’t have a designated driver, there’s help. And here we tell you where to get it:

Sammy Mack

This is the time of year that we at WLRN like to think back and remember the stories that we found especially entertaining – the kinds of stories that put Florida on the map through such twitter accounts as @_FloridaMan, @_Flor1daWoman and, of course, Seth Meyers’ Late Night Show Game “Fake or Florida?

Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

Lots of people have trouble figuring out what to do on New Year's Eve every year. Not Gary Marion of Key West — better known to the wider world as the drag queen Sushi.

"On New Year's Eve, I sit in a big, red, giant high heel and I get descended at the stroke of midnight," she says. "It will be my 19th year in the shoe."

Like most years, Sushi is making an elaborate outfit for herself for the big night. Unlike most years, she's also creating outfits for a flower girl, bridesmaids and the "ordained drag queen minister" who will be marrying Sushi and her fiance, Jeff Kusin.

The first time I ever got tipsy was during a champagne toast at a cousin's wedding reception.

All was good, until the room started spinning — and the sight of my cousin's bride dancing in her wedding dress was just a whirl of lace.

Of course, if you're an uninitiated teenager, any amount of alcohol can go straight to your head. But, decades later, bubbly wine still seems to hit me faster than, say, beer. It turns out there's a reason.

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Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Happy New Year!

New Year, New Laws: Here's What's Changing In Florida's Rules

Jan 3, 2014
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Bills that crack down on human sex trafficking, address problems from the 2012 election, allow foster care children to remain in the program until 21, and provide an incentive for companies to expand their fleet of natural gas vehicles become law Wednesday.

While the bulk of the nearly 200 new laws approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott from the 2013 session hit the books in July and October, a few more kick in with the New Year.

Accompanying the handful of new laws is a slight increase in the paycheck for Florida's minimum-wage earners.

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